Living the silver dream

Living the silver dream
Betty Smith blended poitín and marmalade to produce A Taste of Irish Spirit Pic: Cathal Noonan

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The story behind the creation of Betty Smith’s award-winning A Taste of Irish Spirit marmalade deserves its own moment in the sun, if not a TV mini-series. Smith, 82, moved from her home of Yorkshire in November 1995 having retired from her job with the Home Office forensic science lab.

She and her husband Jim, 85, set up home in the remote area of Béal na Bláth in Co Cork, about half a mile from Michael...

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